Goo Goo Cluster was a major sponsor of the festival, handing out treats and bags as festival-goers entered the Grand Taste and inside, there was Olive and Sinclair chocolate, Switters Iced Coffee (a crowd favorite, particularly Sunday morning) with Roast, Inc., Walker Feed Company and Eli Mason (if you don't know the latter two, they both make outstanding cocktail or mocktail mixers), along with Nashville Jam Company.
There was also a table set up for Trampetti Olive Oil from Italy, which has an interesting local connection. Nashville residents Julie and Chris Caputo bought into the hundred-year-old olive farm and bottling operation a few years ago after becoming friends with the operators, one of whom is a descendant of Eugenio Trampetti, who founded the company in the “gold coast” of Italy’s Umbrian region.
The olive oil they produce is a 100% organic “mono-varietal” (using just one olive, the Moraiolo olive) that is processed the same day it's harvested. The result is a pristine green extra-virgin olive oil that is smooth and grassy with a nice peppery finish.
First off, I didn't even know there was a whole shows about doughnuts, but sure enough, Donut Showdown is on the fall schedule. Premiering this Thursday, Oct. 2, at 8 p.m. CDT is an episode of the show titled "Jungle." Here's the synopsis:
An ex-lawyer running the family donut business from Nashville, Tennessee, a hipster from Decatur, Georgia, and the "pop" in a "mom and pop" shop from Redding, California, compete in a speedy elimination round with fried chicken as the mystery ingredient. Under the watchful eye of host Daryn Jones, the last two standing compete for $10,000 in a jungle-themed Donut Showdown. Judges: Elizabeth Falkner, Duff Goldman, David Rocco
Fried chicken and doughnuts? Count me in. Anybody have a guess as to who the ex-lawyer is? I told you about my experience filming with Cooking Channel's Best in Chow a few months back, and it looks like they've finished editing out my mug to compile two complete episodes about our fair city.
The Music City first episode focuses on hot dogs and stars Friend of Bites Vivek Surti as the local expert. It will air for the first time at 9 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 15. The second Nashville show was all about barbecue, so they asked my opinions about where they should visit. (Of course, they had already been to the spots during their scouting visits.) Sometimes, these shows are about which business is willing to shut down for half a day of filming rather than who necessarily makes the best food, but I will say that we ate some pretty darned good barbecue at all three spots that day. Here's the skinny on the fat:
The new cafe is at 610 Magazine St., just off Division, in an old brick building whose former identities include the Golden Sound of Nashville car stereo shop. Owner Andy Mumma has added a new feature at the Barista Parlor Golden Sound location: a coffee roasting area, which can be seen behind a frosted-glass wall.
In addition to its high-end coffee and espresso, BPGS serves a limited menu of sweets and biscuit sandwiches, which can be ordered with egg and cheese or with a meaty addition of sausage or bacon. A larger food menu will eventually be added.
The seven-barrel brewhouse system from the recently and suddenly shuttered Boscos location in Hillsboro Village has been purchased by Fresh Hospitality for use in their new brewpub concept, Jim Myers at The Tennessean reports. The new pub, we're told, will be called Reverend Mudbone's Homegrown Hopshine.
Myers further reports that the brewpub will be a part of Fresh's new multi-concept development in Germantown, with Cochon Butcher.
Clearly, Fresh has a financial headstart to be able to make this purchase so quickly, but that doesn't stop other brewery start-ups from trying. Down in Nolensville, Chris Going has plans to open Mill Creek Brewing Co.
Walden’s Puddle operates entirely on private funding, and more than 92 percent of money received is directly used for animal care. Therefore, the organization depends on fundraisers not only for collecting more donation dollars but for spreading the word about their organization.
Earlier this year, their facility caught fire and suffered significant damage and loss of animal life. So the organization is busy working with various partners to recover and rebuild. Their next event, a fundraising dinner party, is coming up Saturday, Oct. 11, at Whole Foods Market in Green Hills. Guests at the dinner party will enjoy a vegetarian meal made with fresh seasonal produce with wine pairings, and all proceeds from the event will be donated. Staff from Walden’s Puddle will be on-hand for a short presentation as well as introducing guests to some of the organization’s “animal amabassadors.”
If you are unable to make it to the Whole Foods Fund Raising Dinner Party, check their Facebook page for information on more events and other ways to help.
"The Picnic Tap is pioneering as the first Nashville Farmers' Market establishment to offer craft beer," the market says in a release today. The pub will feature a rotating selection of local and regional craft beers and growler fill-ups to go, along with a food menu centered on locally sourced charcuterie.
Located inside the Market House, The Picnic Tap will offer seating so shoppers can take a break and enjoy craft beer and a snack during visits to the market.
The Picnic Tap's owner-operator, Eric Woodard, held a preview at the most recent Night Market event last week.
"As a longtime home brewer and fan of craft beer, I've always loved places that showcase the beers of a particular city or region," Woodard says in the release. "I've thought about opening a place like The Picnic Tap for several years now — a very casual place where you can hang out, relax, and enjoy a local hand-crafted beer with friends."
Outstanding in the Field events are known for their beautifully composed and elegantly presented farm-to-table meals. The meal is prepared by a re-knowned local chef and served to all the guests seated at one long table. The mission of the meal is to inspire both a conversation at the table and a broader discussion about food, community and the meaning of place. A traveling feast with a central vision of farmers, chefs, cheese makers, ranchers, foragers and winemakers in delicious communion with the people they sustain.
The day will start at 2 p.m. with a tour of the 96-acre farm, mingling over cocktails and then everyone will gather at the table to a feast for the ages!
Tickets are limited and currently available at outstandinginthefield.com/event/wedge-oak-farm/
If you're interested, act now!
Pastry chef Betsy Johnston's desserts provided the highlight of our meals and maybe the year. Her Southern coconut cake with lime sorbet ($8) was feather-light and avoided the cloying sweetness so many coconut dishes seem to fall into. And the peach crostata and vanilla ice cream ($8) was warm, flaky and rich.
But the high point was the banana pudding ($8), easily the best dessert we've had in 2014. Building from the bottom, it's a thin layer of caramel with bananas melted in, then a thick layer of a pudding that is more like a crème brûlée, and finally thin slices of banana that have been torched. Served with warm, toasted banana bread, it is a little bowl of heaven.
My questions for you:
Would great desserts alone be enough to get you to a restaurant that otherwise somewhat underwhelmed you?
What's your current favorite dessert at a Nashville restaurant?
Anybody got an opinion on Adele's?
What else ya got?
In advance of that auspicious occasion, Beaumont is coming to Nashville for a special beer dinner at the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium on Sunday, Oct. 5, where he'll be signing books at the event beginning at 4 p.m.
The Flying Saucer will host a five-course dinner will feature six craft beers hand-selected by Beaumont, who will share his thoughts on style, origin and history of each brew.
Check out this menu:
Along with the many fine artisan cheeses, preserves, breads, gelato, and other accoutrements from across the South, Woodland Wine Merchant will pour a variety of refreshing wines, including Nino Franco "Rustico" Prosecco Superiore, Borgo M Pinot Grigio and Broadbent Rose Vinho Verde.
There will also be a fantastic selection of craft beers from Tennessee's Yazoo, Jackalope, Calfkiller and Fat Bottom, as well as Good People (from Alabama), Sweetwater (from Georgia), Duck Rabbit and Greenman (from North Carolina) and (personal favorite) Lazy Magnolia Brewery from Mississippi serving their Southern Pecan Nut Brown. There will also be a special appearance by Wander Aengus Ciderworks of Oregon, which crafts ciders from heirloom varieties of apples. Plenty of nonalcoholic beverages will be available as well.
There are also a few volunteer spots available, which will get you into the festival for free. Volunteer coordination is done through Hands On Nashville (for during the festival and clean-up afterward). However, if you'd like to help out pouring some of the great beers listed or with setup on Friday afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m., you can contact festival organizer Kathleen Cotter directly by emailing kathleen [at] thebloomyrind.com. Kathleen takes good care of her volunteers, by the way.
Don't forget: While giving yourself the gift of cheese is reward enough, a portion of proceeds from the event benefit Community Food Advocates.
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Welcome to the neighborhood. When will seating/ tables be added and will there be wifi?
Welcome! Very excited. When will there be food and tables?